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The open-air art experience at the Kurgarten
20 July - 01 September 2024

art meets city

The Austrian sculptor and installation artist Erwin Wurm is one of the most successful and popular artists of our time.

This summer, the artist is presenting four of his cheerfully ironic works in the Kurgarten in front of the Kurhaus.

✓ Great experience ✓ Free admission ✓ Open Air

Erwin Wurm's artwork

This summer, art meets city is presenting an inspiring selection of Erwin Wurm's works in the summer spa garden in front of the Kurhaus. By alienating the everyday in a caricature-like manner, Wurm enables a different, equally ironic and critical view of things - inspired by a love of banal everyday life and witty detail.

Share your thoughts, photos and videos with the hashtag #kunstfindetstadtbadenbaden. 

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Frequently asked questions about art meets city

At art meets city you can discover what art can be in an open air setting. Experience the Kurgarten in a completely different way. Exchange ideas!
Art brings people together; to think and to experience.

In addition to the renowned addresses on Lichtentaler Allee, such as the Museum Frieder Burda and the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Studio 45 cbm and Museum LA8, a new place for art has been announced: the Kurgarten, directly in front of the Kurhaus. In future, art in public space will find a stage here. An invitation to the citizens and guests of the city to experience this well-known and popular place in a new way. Free of charge.

Each year, an artist will have the opportunity to present a work of art open-air under the motto "kunst findet stadt" (art meets city). An advisory board of renowned art experts will make the selection. The event is organised by Baden-Baden Events GmbH.

For "art meets city",  Kurgarten  in front of the Kurhaus, the green oasis in the heart of Baden-Baden, is transformed into an open-air art gallery.

The Kurgarten is the city's international meeting place for a variety of events: Baden-Baden Summer Nights, Oldtimer Meeting, Kurpark Meeting, SWR3 New Pop Festival and the Baden-Baden Christmas Market take place here.

No, kunst findet stadt and the program is free of charge.

Here are a few tips for a relaxed journey.

Travel by public transport

Get from A to B easily, comfortably and environmentally consciously: The Baden-Baden public transport company ensures this every day and also at night with a dense network of routes and frequencies. The operating branch of Stadtwerke Baden-Baden provides a total of 47 buses for this purpose - and as one of the first public transport companies in Baden-Württemberg, it also provides two hybrid buses. 

By car to Baden-Baden

For a comfortable journey by car, it is best to use our P&R car parks at the Cineplex cinema or the P&R car park Bahnhof Süd. You will find further parking facilities in our parking garages.

One of the most successful and fascinating artists of our time, Erwin Wurm was born in 1954 in Bruck an der Mur, Austria. His works are a mixture of sculpture, performance and installation, and are characterised by a humorous and often absurd approach.

Wurm is best known for his One Minute Sculptures, in which he arranges everyday objects and people into bizarre, short-lived sculptures. These performances invite the viewer to participate and blur the boundaries between art and everyday life. It is not only about the end product, but also about the process and the interaction.

His work is characterised by a playful examination of social norms and conventions. He questions the definition of art and the value of objects by deforming, inflating or shrinking them. Often humorous, but also profound, his works invite us to reflect on the absurdities of modern life.

Erwin Wurm has exhibited in major museums and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Venice Biennale. His work is represented in the world's most important collections, including the Tate Modern in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Through numerous exhibitions and his presence in internationally renowned institutions, Wurm has had an impact far beyond the art scene. His work continues to inspire artists and viewers around the world. He lives and works in Vienna and Limberg.

Further information about the artist

The managing director of Baden-Baden Events GmbH Nora Waggershauser has an artistic advisory board for the selection of artists at her side: Florian Matzner, professor at the Munich Academy and freelance curator and Johann von Haehling, curator and artistic advisor. 

More about the advisory board of "art meets city".

In 2021, art meets city celebrated its debut with artworks by the world-renowned artist Jeppe Hein and in 2022 the italien artist Marinella Senatore. In summer 2023, Nevin Aladağ transformed the Kurgarten in front of the Kurhaus.
Click here for the review.